Visiting Chatsworth House
A visit to Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and inspiration for Jane Austen's Pemberley, is a must-do on any Peak District trip. On both of our tours, we have incorporated time in to your itinerary to visit this grand country estate and below are our top tips for getting the most out of your visit! You can also find out more about visiting Chatsworth on their website.
We highly recommend booking tickets in advance as they can sell out and it saves queuing to buy them on the day. There are several types of tickets available. You can choose to buy a House & Garden ticket which gives you access to both or you may choose to just explore the gardens (which are exquisite!) and just buy a ticket for them.
What to See
The house itself is well worth exploring. With over 25 rooms to discover, these include a grand Painted Hall, State Rooms and Sculpture Gallery. It also contains works of art spanning over 4000 years, from ancient Roman sculpture to work by modern artists such as David Nash. Chatsworth House recommend 1-1.5 hours to explore the house itself.
For those who prefer to stay outdoors, exploring the gardens will take roughly 2 hours to explore in full, as they cover 105 acres. Features include grand sculptures, a rock garden, maze and greenhouse. Once you have finished exploring, there are several options for eating at Chatsworth including two cafes and a restaurant. Just bear in mind that you will be walking from Chatsworth to Hathersage in the afternoon!